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How do I cut out a piece of a layer mask?

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Hi everyone! I am fairly new to photoshop and am getting my feet wet by creating some simple graphics. I have been cutting out models with the pen tool and creating layer masks to hide the parts of the photo that I'm not interested in. My question is, how can I get rid of a clip that is within the layer mask?

 

Perhaps an example will help: I would like to cut out the space between the model's head and elbow, so that the gold shows through from the layer below. What would be the best way of doing this?

 

Thanks in advance for your support!

 

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How do I cut out a piece of a layer mask?

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Hi everyone! I am fairly new to photoshop and am getting my feet wet by creating some simple graphics. I have been cutting out models with the pen tool and creating layer masks to hide the parts of the photo that I'm not interested in. My question is, how can I get rid of a clip that is within the layer mask?

 

Perhaps an example will help: I would like to cut out the space between the model's head and elbow, so that the gold shows through from the layer below. What would be the best way of doing this?

 

Thanks in advance for your support!

 

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You do not you paint with Black and White in the Layer mask to changed what they mask.  Black hides white shows.

 

So click the add layer mask icon in the layers palette that will add an all white layer mask to the layer. The layer mask will become the photoshop target Paint in the area you want to hide so the gold will show through the layer.

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If you are using the pen tool, you can use path operations in the options bar to control how the new path element you are drawing intersects with the existing path elements. So for your example choose subtract front shape

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The same applies if you have made a vector mask from the path and are editing it.

 

If you have made a normal pixel mask then brushing with white makes the layer visible and black makes it transparent

 

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Thanks JJ and Dave! I like having different approaches based on the circumstances - very helpful!

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